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Public Engagement Programme – The Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future

 

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Public Engagement Activities under the Wellcome Trust funded Programme on the Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future

In 2011 the Wellcome Trust celebrated its 75th anniversary (www.wellcome.ac.uk/75). Our Wellcome Trust funded programme delivered some public engagement activities as part of these celebrations in October and November 2011. We are continuing – with further support from the Wellcome Trust – to run events based on this work, and are currently collaborating with the Surgeons’ Hall Museum in Edinburgh. We will also be taking part in the University’s Science Spectacular on 27th October, part of the 2012 Manchester Science Festival.

The Human Body Trail - Manchester

During Manchester Science Festival, the Human Body Trail linked exhibits in the Manchester Museum to four of our research themes – biomaterials; enhancement; genethics; and reproduction. We ran guided tours of the trail followed by discussion and drawing activities on the future of the human body. We also ran a version of the tour as part of the Museum’s evening programme in March 2012, with an activity called ‘Body Bits: Ethics of Using Biomaterials’.

The Human Body Trail – Edinburgh

Based on the Manchester Trail, a Human Body Trail for the Surgeons’ Hall Museum in Edinburgh has also been developed. Linked again with our research themes of biomaterials, enhancement, genethics, and reproduction, this Trail prompts reflection on the social and ethical aspects of the museum’s exhibitions on the history of surgery, military medicine, and biomedical developments in Scotland. In 2013, we will also be running special guided tours of the Trail.

Schools Activities

We have developed a version of the ‘Body Bits: Ethics of Using Biomaterials’ activity for delivery in schools. It is suitable for Key Stage 4 and A level students, and can be adapted to lessons of 50-100 minutes. If you are interested in us delivering this activity at your school - or, alternatively, in training to deliver it yourself - please contact catherine.rhodes-2@manchester.ac.uk. We are also developing activities at a similar level for our other research themes (enhancement, genethics, and reproduction).

Human Bodies: Animal Bodies

On the 28th November 2011, we held the Human Bodies, Animal Bodies public panel in the Manchester Museum. This event was co-organised with the Academy of Medical Sciences and an expert panel led discussions based on the Academy’s report Animals Containing Human Materials.

The Wellcome Trust is the major funder of the Wellcome Trust Programme on the Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future. These events were originally programmed as part of the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and the Wellcome Trust is continuing to support our public engagement work.

 

The Wellcome Trust is the major funder of the Wellcome Trust Programme on the Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future. These events have been programmed as part of the Wellcome Trust's 75th anniversary celebrations.